prove children given jabs without consent
Irish Independent, Monday December 13 2010
first proof that unauthorised vaccine trials were carried out on
children in the care of the State has emerged in new medical documents
obtained during an Irish Independent investigation.
show one boy was given a controversial and potentially harmful
'five-in-one' jab without his mother's consent, shortly before he was
Delaney's medical records provide the first evidence that additional
experimental vaccines were administered -- without the knowledge of the
State -- to children in their care.
revelation has again raised serious questions about the number of
vaccine trials carried out on children in the care of the State.
Delaney (45) claims he has suffered a lifetime of ill health after he
was treated "like an animal" while in the care of the
controversial mother and baby home in Bessborough, Co Cork, in 1965.
adoptive mother, who witnessed the vaccine being administered, claims
she was told it was part of a 'secret trial' involving up to 20
Department of Health last night insisted it never approved the
injection, which comprised a combined polio, measles, diphtheria
(respiratory disease), whooping cough and tetanus vaccines.
the multinational drugs company that carried out three confirmed vaccine
trials on 211 children, refused to say if the five-in-one vaccine was
carried out on its behalf.
records obtained by Mr Delaney through an adoption agency confirm he was
administered the five-in-one vaccine in three stages between August and
was given the first two jabs while in the care of the State in
third injection took place in the home of his new adoptive mother, Vera
documents state: "The first of your five-in-one vaccination for
polio, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus was given on the
26th of August, the second on the 25th of September. You were due the
third of your five-in-one injection on the 26th October and a note on
file indicates that (doctor, who cannot be identified for legal reasons)
was going to call to your new home to give you this injection."
from his home in Longford, Mr Delaney said he has come up against a wall
of silence every time he has attempted to discover the truth behind the
trials carried out on him as a baby.
has suffered chronic asthma all of his life and got measles as a child
and wonders if this was the result of the vaccine.
feel I was treated like an animal. They thought they might just jab some
concoction into a baby without telling anyone," he told the Irish
Delaney's birth mother Margaret Finnegan said she never gave her consent
for her child to receive the vaccine. "I was never told he would
get the vaccine or asked by a doctor if I agreed with it," she
opposition frontbenchers and campaigners last night called for an
independent inquiry into vaccine trials.
is unconscionable that, despite being faced with undeniable evidence of
trials, the Government continues its cynical indifference against
vulnerable children and unmarried mothers," Susan Loan of the
Adoption Rights Alliance said.
Gael deputy leader and health spokesman James Reilly said an independent
inquiry would be necessary if the Oireachtas Health Committee, which is
currently sourcing material to see if it will launch a formal
investigation, was not given all files relating to the vaccine trials.
is deeply disturbing that this vaccine was not part of the Department of
Health-approved regime and that there is no record of a trial," he
Department of Health last night insisted it was unaware of any
'five-in-one' vaccine trial carried out in the State.
information on the 1965 trial referred to was identified and the
department is not in a position to answer any of the detailed questions
department does not propose to carry out any further
investigations," a spokesman said.
also refused to comment on the revelations.
the Laffoy Commission, GSK has not received any official requests for
information and we cannot comment or speculate on any future
actions," a spokeswoman said.
spokeswoman for Bessborough also said she could not comment on why the
vaccine was administered.
just want answers. I need to know why I was picked for secret trials of
a new vaccine'
Irish Independent, Monday December 13 2010
Delaney was a vulnerable six-month-old baby when he was first injected
with the unauthorised 'five-in-one' vaccine.
the next two months, he was given the combined jab on three separate
occasions in an apparently secret trial.
more than 40 years later, he is determined to know why he was given the
jab in 1965 at the Bessborough mother and baby home in Co Cork.
the 1960s and 1970s three separate vaccine trials were conducted on
Irish children on behalf of the multinational drugs company The Wellcome
Foundation, which is now known as GlaxoSmithKline.
report drawn up by the Department of Health in 2000, by its then chief
medical officer Dr James Kiely, confirmed the existence of these trials.
found 211 children were administered vaccines -- 123 of whom were
resident in children's homes in Dublin, Cork and the midlands.
unlike these victims, Philip has never been able to find out why he was
given a vaccine that was never provided to the rest of the public. And,
crucially, if it was part of a larger vaccine trial involving children
John Martin to Margaret Finnegan on March 30, 1965, in Bessborough, he
was given a routine BCG vaccine -- like every other child in the nation.
But that was where the comparisons stopped.
a sinister twist, he received an unknown 'five-in-one' vaccine which had
an unprecedented mixture of polio, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough
unknown to Philip it would never be used on the general public again.
to records Philip obtained from the adoption agency Cunamh, he was given
the experimental vaccine on three occasions. But his birth mother
Margaret insisted she had no knowledge this mixture was being
administered to him.
lived and cared for Philip at the home until he was adopted. "I was
shocked when I heard he had received the vaccine. We were never told
anything about any sort of vaccine," she told the Irish
am angry he was given the injection without my consent. The consequences
could have been more serious," she said.
became pregnant with Philip while working in Wales and was referred to
the Cunamh agency in February 1965 at the age of 21. Fearing her parents
would react badly to the news of her pregnancy, she gave him up for
and John Delaney, from Walkinstown, Co Dublin, were delighted when the
toddler was handed to them. They named the little boy Philip. But just a
few days later, Mrs Delaney was stunned when a doctor arrived at her
door to administer the final tranche of the vaccine.
the four decades that have since passed, Mrs Delaney, who went on to
adopt four other children, said she remembers the day clearly.
doctor came out and said she was giving him a five-in-one injection and
that it would cover everything. I had never heard of that injection, but
he was our first baby so we didn't really know what to expect.
said she would be back in a couple of weeks to take blood to check if
the injection had taken."
is confirmed by Philip's records, which show social worker Anne
O'Donoghue noted the doctor had called and that she was due again in
called but before she left she said Philip should never have been sent
for adoption, saying that he was one of 20 children trying out this new
vaccine. She was angry and saying she had to go all over the country to
look for these children."
by the encounter, Mrs Delaney was afraid the doctor would stop her from
adopting Philip, but the order was finally made official on May 4, 1966.
the thought still niggled the new mother and she brought Philip to her
local clinic to ensure he was protected from all disease.
mentioned the five-in-one vaccine and they thought I was mad. They just
gave him an oral polio vaccine and nothing for measles," she said.
few months later Philip was struck down with measles.
got it quite bad and was very sick at the time. He also got very bad
asthma in later life and I don't know if this was to do with the
vaccine," she said.
Philip, the knowledge that he had received the vaccine only came after
he obtained his medical files some months ago.
is still in shock, but now wants answers as to why it happened. He
insisted he has not ruled out going down the legal route to bring
whoever administered the experimental vaccine to justice.
want to get answers. I want to know why I was given this vaccine and who
gave it to me," he said.
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